Timothy Kaine was born in 1958 and is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia. Senator Kaine was reelected in 2018 and his seat will be up for election in 2024.
Kaine was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He previously was Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor from 2002 to 2006 and Governor from 2006 to 2010. Kaine was the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011 and was the nominee of his party for Vice-President of the United States in the 2016 election. He served also as Mayor of Richmond from 1998 until he became the Lieutenant Governor.
Senator Kaine is currently serving on the Foreign Relations Committee; the Budget Committee; the Armed Services Committee; and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
Below is Senator Kaine’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Kaine supported the Iran nuclear deal. He is a supporter of the two-state solution and did not support the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, arguing that it would set back efforts to achieve a two-state solution.
He opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. He cosponsored the Taylor Force Act, which states that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that rewards financially terrorists or their families.
In 2018, Senator Kaine cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.
In 2019, he voted against the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthened Israel’s security and allowed a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.
Supported the Iran deal https://www.kaine.senate.gov/press-releases/kaine-announces-support-for-iran-nuclear-deal
Voted For the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act of 2019 https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00016
Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors
Supported the Taylor Force Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1697/cosponsors
Did not support the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://twitter.com/timkaine/status/938484811274051585?lang=en
Cosponsored the United states-Israel Security Assistance Authorization of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/cosponsors